The Supreme Court will remain open through next week, even if a budget stalemate in Congress keeps the government partially closed.

The clerk of the Supreme Court informed lawyers scheduled to make oral arguments Tuesday and Wednesday that their cases will proceed. No other oral arguments have been scheduled for the rest of the month.

The Court also will be open to the public during its usual hours until further notice.

The highest-profile case the high court will review next week is the state of Michigan's defense of a state constitutional amendment that bans the consideration of race or sex in college admissions, government contracting and public employment.

An appeals court said the constitutional amendment is illegal under past Supreme Court rulings that prohibit placing special burdens on minority groups that want to bring about changes in laws and policies.